Thursday May 25, 2017, @ 8PM
509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Brooklyn NY
SPACE: Roscoe Mitchell,
Thomas Buckner, & Scott Robinson
Reggie Nicholson Percussion Concept
Roscoe Mitchell and Thomas Buckner’s seminal improvising trio returns in a new formation to present new works, and Reggie Nicholson brings new percussion-centric works for ensemble.
The seminal improvising trio SPACE was originally formed in 1979 by Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner and Gerald Oshita, featuring works by both Oshita and Mitchell, as well as group improvisation. In anticipation of a new CD of previously unreleased music by the original lineup of SPACE, this concert will be the first official performance of the group since the passing of Gerald Oshita, with multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson as the new third member. The group will perform new works from all three members, as well as improvisations.
A member of the AACM since 1979, drummer/percussionist Reggie Nicholson is known throughout the world for his profound abilities. Since the release of the first Reggie Nicholson Concept album in 1997, Nicholson has also produced work for The Reggie Nicholson Brass Concept and the Reggie Nicholson Percussion Concept. For this concert, Nicholson presents new music for The Reggie Nicholson Percussion Concept, in this incarnation featuring Bryan Carrott, Baba Don Eaton, and Patience Higgins.
Reggie Nicholson first gained a reputation as an outstanding drummer and percussionist in Chicago. In 1979 he joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), working with Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Phil Cohran, Douglas Ewart, Joseph Jarman, Amina Claudine Myers, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, and others. Since moving to New York City in 1987, Nicholson has performed with Ahmed Abdullah, Billy Bang, Roy Campbell, Bryan Carrott, Marty Ehrlich, Yuko Fujiyama, Charles Gayle, Leroy Jenkins , Brad Jones, Oliver Lake, George Lewis, Myra Melford, Butch Morris, Wilbur Morris, William Parker, Ned Rothenberg, and others. He has recorded with Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Myra Melford, Amina Claudine Myers, Henry Threadgill, Roy Campbell, Yuko Fujiyama, Charles Gayle, Michael Marcus, Butch Morris, Wilber Morris, James Spaulding, and Edward Wilkerson, Jr. In 1997, Nicholson recorded Unnecessary Noise Allowed, his first CD of new compositions for his quintet, The Reggie Nicholson Concept (with Brad Jones, Bruce Edwards, Gene Ghee, and Mark McGowan). He subsequently recorded Percussion Peace for solo percussion and electronics. In 2007, Nicholson composed and performed live Timbre Suite (Tone Colors) for The Reggie Nicholson Percussion Concept featuring Warren Smith, Don Eaton, and Salim Washington. Nicholson’s latest recording, Surreal Feel, shows the maturity and growth of his compositional skills with The Reggie Nicholson Brass Concept, featuring Joseph Daley, Vincent Chancey, James Zollar, and Curtis Fowlkes. He was nominated for a Cal-Arts Award in 1993. Nicholson has performed his music throughout Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City, including in the AACM concert series and at the Kennedy Center, Roulette, The Stone, Hot House, Rituals, Velvet Lounge, the Interpretations series, Cooler by the Shade, the Vision Festival, and Sistas’ Place. He has performed in many clubs and festivals in Europe and Japan. Nicholson received his B.A. in music education from Chicago State University in Chicago, and his M.A. in instructional technology from the New York Institute of Technology in New York City.
Roscoe Mitchell is an internationally renowned musician, composer, and innovator. His role in the resurrection of long neglected woodwind instruments of extreme register, his innovation as a solo woodwind performer, and his reassertion of the composer into what has traditionally been an improvisational form have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music for over five decades. Mr. Mitchell is a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and the Trio Space. Additionally, Mr. Mitchell is the founder of the Creative Arts Collective, The Roscoe Mitchell Sextet, The Roscoe Mitchell Quartet, The Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, The Sound Ensemble, The New Chamber Ensemble, and the Note Factory.Roscoe Mitchell has recorded hundreds albums and has written hundreds of compositions. His compositions range from classical to contemporary, from passionate and forceful improvisations to ornate orchestral music. Also, for five decades, he has designed the Percussion Cage, an elaborate percussion instrument consisting of instruments from around the world, as well as many found instruments. The Percussion Cage, along with some of Mr. Mitchell’s paintings, were part of an Art Ensemble of Chicago installation at an exhibition called “The Freedom Principle” which opened on July 11, 2015 and ran through November 22, 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois. Mitchell’s honors include a CMA Presenting Jazz grant (2010), multiple grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, as well as the John Cage Award for Music-Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc., The Shifting Foundation Grant, and Mutable Music. On April 18, 2009 Mr. Mitchell was a recipient of the Golden Ear Award, presented to him as part of the Big Deep Benefit, and on the same night he also performed in duet with Pauline Oliveros at The Kitchen in New York City. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award (2014). Currently he is the Distinguished Darius Milhaud Professor of Composition at Mills College, Oakland, California. February 22, 2014 was the World Premiere of his composition “NONAAH” for Orchestra by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow, Scotland, with Ilan Volkov conducting. On April 15, 2016 Ilan Volkov invited Mr. Mitchell to Reykjavik, Iceland to premiere five new compositions for orchestra at the Tectonics Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. On May 9, 2016 Roscoe Mitchell premiered “They Rode for Them Part Two,” featuring solo improviser Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon with Petr Kotik and the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble at The Bohemian National Hall, New York City. Mr. Mitchell has also been invited back to Glasgow, Scotland by Ilan Volkov for a performance with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on May 7, 2017. He will also premiere a new work for orchestra “Distant Radio Transmission” which features Thomas Buckner and himself as solo improvisers with the Orchestra Del Teatro comunale Di Bologna and the conductor with Tonino Battista conducting on May 31, 2017 in Bologna, Italy.
For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries including Robert Ashley, Noah Creshevsky, Robert Dick, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Wadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff and many others. Buckner has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Herbst Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Berlin Spring Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Angelica Festival of Bologna. He is featured on over 50 recordings, including 6 solo albums, the most recent being “New Music for Baritone & Chamber Ensemble,” which includes works by Annea Lockwood, Tania Leon, and Petr Kotik. Buckner also appears in the CD/DVD “Kirili et le Nymphéas (Hommage à Monet)” filmed at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, which houses the Monet’s celebrated Water lilies murals. He has performed for years with Robert Dick, and they have a duo CD, ‘Flutes and Voices,’ on the Mutable Music Label.In the 1970s, he ran 1750 Arch Records, co directed the Arch Ensemble for Experimental Music, and curated 1750 Arch Concerts in Berkeley, California, which produced over 100 concerts a year. For the past twenty-eight years Thomas Buckner has curated the Interpretations New Music series in New York City, as well as the Mutable Music CD label.
One of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists, Scott Robinson and his unusual reed and brass instruments have been heard in some 55 nations, on nearly every continent. His discography now numbers more than 250 recordings with a cross-section of jazz greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, including Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Frank Wess, Marshall Allen, Maria Schneider, Anthony Braxton, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Ruby Braff and Roscoe Mitchell. Primarily a tenor saxophonist, Scott once placed directly below the great Sonny Rollins in a DownBeat Readers Poll. Scott’s many works as a composer cover a very wide range, from solo performance pieces, jazz tunes and songs, and chamber works such as his Immensities for Large Instruments, on up to large-scale compositions for wind band, symphony orchestra, and even combined orchestras. In his recent one-week residency at John Zorn’s NYC music venue The Stone, Scott presented 12 different sets of original music ranging in scope from unaccompanied C-melody saxophone to the astonishing “Orchestra of the Impossible.” Scott has been a writer of essays and liner notes, an invited speaker before the Congressional Black Caucus, and a recipient of grants from the NEA and awards from the Jazz Journalists Association and elsewhere. He was selected by the US State Department to be a Jazz Ambassador for 2001, completing an eight-week, eleven-country tour of West Africa. Scott now maintains a studio/laboratory for sonic research, containing an astonishing assortment of instruments and devices, and releases highly adventurous music on his ScienSonic Laboratories label. Since 2012, ScienSonic’s recordings have been certified by the Space Foundation as Certified Space Imagination Products, entitled to bear the Foundation’s certification seal. In 2014, ScienSonic Laboratories launched its innovative membership program and “Sound-of-the-Month Club.” In 2015 his Doctette (celebrating pulp adventure hero Doc Savage) gave what The Boston Globe called “the most quirky and delightful set” of the Newport Jazz Festival. A respected performer in all areas of jazz, from the traditional to the unforeheard, Scott Robinson has arrived at his own unique musical voice which, as once described in a Northsea Jazz Festival program, “combines solid foundations with great daring”.